A Kenyan has jumped on to the Despacito bandwagon.
Viola Karuri is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, recording and performing artiste. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, her music is her expression of emotion, thought and culture.
With her debut album, Everything, and a number of singles, including Milele (featuring Collo), Aibu (Out the door), and YOLO under her belt, she is currently working on her sophomore album.
She has recorded the Swahili version of Despacito. The song is the number one hit on Youtube with over three billion views. It is a Spanish word meaning ‘slowly’.
From a Meru rendition to Gikuyu covers, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s song has hit the world by storm.
One of the beautiful covers is a Swahili rendition by Kenya’s Viola Karuri, evidently, she has done justice to this song…Talent Gallore!
When the song broke the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, Luis Fonsi said,
“Breaking the record for most viewed video of all time on YouTube is truly incredible, not only for me but for Latin music and our culture. Working with a platform like YouTube has allowed our song to reach audiences all over the world, something that just a decade ago was nearly impossible. Having their support has been instrumental in the global success of Despacito, no doubt about it. Everything that has happened in the last six months has exceeded all my expectations, and I’m just grateful that people have enjoyed it so much and continue to sing it, dance it and share it.”
And Daddy Yankee added, “YouTube’s platform has been key to the success of ‘Despacito.’ The music industry has changed, the rules of music have changed and I fully recognize YouTube’s role and the power of its platform. Breaking a record is overwhelming and I’m happy to keep inspiring others to do the same.”
That said, here is Viola’s rendition of Despacito music video: